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Welcome to the Coalfire Blog, a resource covering the most important issues in IT security and compliance. You'll also find information on Coalfire's insights into the unique cybersecurity issues that impact the industries we serve, including Cloud Service Providers, RetailFinancial Services, Healthcare, Higher Education, Payments, Government, Restaurants, and Utilities.

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  • “Password Spraying”—What to Do and How to Avoid It

    March 15, 2019, Bob Post, Senior Practice Director, Cyber Risk Advisory, Coalfire

    Cyber breaches aren’t the only hot topic in the cyber media—sometimes the attack tactics themselves can claim the limelight when a significant breach gains media attention. One tactic getting some attention in the news is “password spraying.” We offer an overview of what it is, how to avoid it, and what to do if you think you were affected by an attack below; but note that a strong overall cybersecurity posture and adherence to best practices are always the best defense across the range of attack vectors, whether they are in the news or not!

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  • Update to Microsoft Checks

    March 14, 2019, Travis Finn, Consultant, CoalfireOne Scanning Services

    Part of the glamorous life of an ASV involves a rigorous Quality Assurance program to ensure that we are the best ASV's we can possibly be. Some of those efforts are not as readily apparent to our clients as others; but on some occasions, we like to share when our work directly benefits those who trust Coalfire to help reduce their risk and simplify compliance.

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  • Enabling Clients to Cope with ASV Scans

    February 22, 2019, Marco Brown, Associate, CoalfireOne Scanning Services

    Gathering evidence, applying patches, and configuring your systems in preparation for submitting your vulnerability disputes can be a nerve-wracking and daunting task. To better enhance your understanding of the Approved Scanning Vendor (ASV) process, I’ve outlined some coping mechanisms and tools to use.

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  • Forensics and the Internet of Things (IoT)

    February 21, 2019, Brian Prendergast, Senior Consultant, Cyber Risk Advisory - Forensics, Coalfire

    Today, the Internet of Things (IoT) means that billions of devices are connected to the Internet. People and organizations are looking to connect devices more frequently for automation, simplification, and the feature advantages the IoT delivers. Items such as smoke detectors, glasses, watches, ovens, refrigerators, garage doors, and more are connecting to the Internet, with most of the associated data saved to the Cloud.

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  • Encryption of Federal Data

    February 19, 2019, Keith Kidd, Director, FedRAMP Assessment, Coalfire

    One of the biggest challenges our customers face when pursuing Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program (FedRAMP) compliance is the federal mandate that Federal Information Processing Standards (FIPS) 140-2 validated cryptographic modules must be consistently applied where cryptography is required. Where is cryptography required you ask?

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